Ahoy, matey!

Captain crunch: The Washington State Ferry system is hiring a professional recruiter and extending its application deadline to find a new assistant secretary of transportation to lead the ferry fleet.

State transportation officials said they wanted to take additional time to make sure the person they hire doesn’t list to one side and wouldn’t have to be loaded with ballast to work properly.

“Oh, Gilligan! Not again!” Amazon is rolling out a new service for its Kindle e-book readers that allows subscribers to read as many books as they like for $9.99 a month, a service likened to Netflix. But some major publishers aren’t participating, meaning many new and popular titles won’t be available to subscribers.

So, yes, it’s exactly like Netflix, if Netflix only offered unlimited viewing of “Gilligan’s Island” reruns.

It’s a small check after all: Walt Disney World has reached a tentative agreement with its largest union group, agreeing to raise the starting hourly pay of its Florida theme park employees to $9 an hour from $8 an hour.

Workers celebrated the pay raise. Winnie the Pooh said he planned to get his honey jar out of hock. Donald Duck had a bill 90 days past due from his speech therapist. And repo men were threatening to tow Cinderella’s pumpkin.

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Sunday, Dec. 17

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Viewpoints: Moving from grief to good 5 years after shooting

The determination of Sandy Hook families to turn unfathomable tragedy into good must be honored.

Commentary: Region has to consider options for U.S. 2 trestle

Waiting for lawmakers to pass another gas tax isn’t an option. We have to move forward now.

Commentary: Tighter rein needed on opioid makers, distrbutors

Doctors are working to better control prescriptions, but that won’t be enough to stem the epidemic.

Editorial cartoons for Saturday, Dec. 16

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Congress must renew children’s insurance program

Some 9 million children depend on CHIP for health care. Not renewing it would be costly and cruel.

Editorial cartoons for Friday, Dec. 15

A sketchy look at the day in politics and popular culture.… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Thursday, Dec. 14

A sketchy look at the day in politics and society.… Continue reading

Most Read